North East

  • Welcome to the HELOA North East Group. We represent the 19 higher education institutions of the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside. The region offers students a superb university experience in some of the most vibrant places to live and study in the UK.

    We have over 100 members who meet four times a year to share best practice and discuss the bigger issues in higher education. Our members work in a variety of education liaison related roles and have a wealth of experience to draw upon.

    There are other higher education institutions located in the North East region who are not listed here as they are not HELOA members. For full details of all HE providers in the region please see the UCAS website.

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    Bradford College

    Durham University


    Leeds College of Art

    Leeds Metropolitan University


    Leeds Trinity University


    Kirklees College

    Newcastle University

    Northumbria University

    Sheffield Hallam University

    Teesside University

    York St John University


    University of Bradford


    University of Huddersfield

    University of Hull

    University of Leeds

    University of Sheffield

    University of Sunderland

    University of York


    Wakefield College

  • Group Chair

    Nicola DoyleNicola Noble, Teesside University
    Email: n.noble@tees.ac.uk

    Nicola was elected to the role of HELOA North East Group Chair in August 2012. She is currently Student Recruitment Manager at Teesside University supporting the widening participation agenda and undergraduate, postgraduate and part-time recruitment. She has worked in Higher Education for 10 years, joining HELOA in 2003/04, and has previously worked at Durham University.

    Nicola’s role as NE Group Chair includes chairing 4 group meetings per year, co-ordinating HELOA activity for the North East region and representing the views and activity of the group at UK Committee meetings.

    Group Vice-Chair, Training

    jimJames Kennedy, Leeds Trinity University College
    Email: j.kennedy@leedstrinity.ac.uk

    James has been an active member of HELOA for six years and has held the position of Vice-Chair (Training) since March 2012. He currently works as Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer at Leeds Trinity University College. James’ role within HELOA is to co-ordinate the regular training sessions that follow our regional meetings. If you have any suggestions for training or facilitators then please let James know.




    Group Vice-Chair, Partnerships

    Helen KayHelen Walker, Sheffield Hallam University
    Email: H.Walker@shu.ac.uk

    Helen was elected to the post of Vice-Chair (Partnerships) in March 2012. She is currently employed in the Pre-Enrolment Team at Sheffield Hallam University. Helen’s role within HELOA is to develop the relationships with organisations such as the Student Finance Company and NASMA as well as with other HELOA regions and within the North East group itself. She will also be overseeing the collaborative work taking place amongst the North East member institutions.

    Group Secretary

    Emily DayEmily Day, York St John University
    Email e.day@yorksj.ac.uk

    Emily currently works in the Schools Liaison  Team at York St John University, working across student recruitment, widening participation and admissions.  As Group Secretary, she is largely responsible for the organisation and reporting of the quarterly group meetings. Emily also manages the subscription data of the group members. If you’re unsure about anything to do with our meetings or your membership details, she’ll be happy to help.


    Group Treasurer

    Jane MurphyJane Murphy, The University of Huddersfield
    Email: j.murphy@hud.ac.uk

    Jane has been a Schools Liaison Officer at the University of Huddersfield for eight years and an active member of HELOA during this time. Her duties as Group Treasurer include managing the group accounts, compiling the annual budget, collecting subscriptions as well as contributing to committee matters.

    Group Web Officer

    Joy NixonJoy Nixon, The University of Huddersfield
    Email: j.m.nixon@hud.ac.uk

    Joy has worked at the University of Huddersfield within Schools and Colleges Liaison for 7 years and has recently joined HELOA.  Joy’s duties as Web Officer include monitoring the content of the North East HELOA website, adding and updating details of committee members, meetings, publications, member information and forthcoming events. Please contact Joy with any information you wish to be added to the website.

  • Open Day Dates 2013/14

    HELOA members in the region produce a poster detailing the Open Days held at each institution.


    UCAS Higher Education Conventions

    Dates will be announced soon, for more information please see the UCAS Convention Guide


    Institution Events

    Please use the UniTasterDays portal to find events hosted by institutions in the North East.

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  • HELOA Connect Conference

    The first HELOA Connect conference was held on 8 May 2014 and was a great success. Presentations from the day can be downloaded below.



    The North East HELOA region produces a guide for students considering higher education with details of all the institutions within the region and the courses available.

    A copy is available to download here


    Events for Advisers

    Details coming soon.


  • Welcome from Group Chair:

    Welcome to HELOA North East.

    As the 19 HEIs of the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside we meet four times a year to share best practice and discuss the issues related to our line of work. We also provide a number of training opportunities throughout the year to ensure that our members are kept up to date with the latest developments in the sector.

    We produce a group booklet that gives details of all member institutions and the courses available; and we are looking at how we can continue to raise the profile of the association within the region.

    If you have any questions about HELOA, or have any suggestions for the group then please do not hesitate to contact me.

    I look forward to meeting you soon.

    Best wishes,

    Nicola Noble, HELOA North East Chair

    Meetings and Training Opportunities

    The North East HELOA group hold four group meetings each year. Following each meeting a training session is offered. The meetings scheduled for 2014 are:

    • 18 September at Leeds University
    • 18 December at Huddersfield University
    Please forward any ideas for future training sessions to:

    Vice Chair (Training) – James Kennedy, Leeds Trinity University

  • Within the group we’d like to make it easy to share best practice and communicate with other members from the region. Below are the key HELOA members from each institution, who are happy to be contacted by other members:

    Bradford College:
    Charlotte Cooper, Education Liaison Team Leader

    Durham University:
    Kathryn Shaw, Student Recruitment Officer,

    Kirklees College:
    Melanie Field,  Student Recruitment and Information Manager,

    Leeds College of Art:
    Martell Baines, Progression Manager,

    Leeds Metropolitan University:
    Zoe Marlow, Undergraduate Marketing Manager,

    Leeds Trinity University:
    James Kennedy, Schools & Colleges Liaison Officer (Recruitment),

    Newcastle University:
    Sarah Lickess, Student Recruitment Manager,

    Northumbria University:
    Lee-ann White, Student Recruitment Manager,

    Sheffield Hallam University:
    Helen Kay – Pre-enrolment Co-ordinator (Outreach and UK Recruitment Development),

    Teesside University:
    Nicola Noble, Recruitment Manager,

    University of Bradford:
    Mutty Dad, Student Ambassador Coordinator,

    University of Huddersfield:
    Joy Nixon, Schools and Colleges Liaison,

    University of Hull:
    Hilary Jones, Head of Student Recruitment Service,

    University of Leeds:
    Rebecca Sykes, Education Outreach Lead Officer,

    University of Sheffield:
    Laura Maltman UK/EU Student Recruitment Officer,

    University of Sunderland:
    Catryn Davies, Student Recruitment Manager,

    University of York:
    Andrea Bourne, Student Recruitment Manager,

    Wakefield College:
    Andrew Cawtheray,  Higher Education Progression Coordinator,

    York St John University:
    Harriet Metcalfe, Student Recruitment & Widening Participation Manager,




    North East student finance contacts:

    Student Loans Company (SLC) Contact:
    Steve Brown - steve_brown@slc.co.uk
    Tel: 07827 449279

    Student Loans Company (SLC) Contact (Yorkshire and Humberside):
    Ian Sinkinson - ian_sinkinson@slc.co.uk
    Tel: 07827 281320

    National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA):
    Mo Onyett - mo507@york.ac.uk
    Tel: 01904 433730